Fans got their chance to see Anthony Mackie’s Sam Wilson as Captain America last year in Disney+’s The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. With Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers no longer a part of the the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it was finally time for the films’ version of Wilson to take up the mantle. Now, after a long break, the Sam Wilson of the comics is following suit.
Marvel Comics has released a trailer for Captain America: Symbol of Truth, the new series featuring the return of Sam Wilson in the red-white-and-blue. Judging by the trailer, the hero will be joined by the new Falcon — Joaquin Torres — and Redbird. The series will be written by sci-fi/fantasy author Tochi Onyebuchi, with pencils by R.B. Silva and colors by Jesus Aburtov. According to Marvel’s solicitation, Captain America: Symbol of Truth #1 is due to be released Wednesday, May 11. The solicit for the first issue hints at Cap investigating some kind of conspiracy involving both foundational American history and that of Wakanda. You can watch the trailer below.
As reported by Comic Book, rather than having Sam Wilson replace Steve Rogers as Captain America as he does in the MCU, both Wilson and Rogers will have their own series running concurrently. While Wilson appears in Symbol of Truth, Rogers will continue his heroics in Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty. Their separate adventures will kick off in Captain America #0, which is due to be released next Wednesday, April 20.
In the source material, Sam Wilson first succeeded Steve Rogers as the red-white-and-blue Avenger in 2014’s Captain America #25. The villain Iron Nail drained the super soldier serum out of Rogers’ body, causing him to rapidly age. Now an elderly man, Rogers could no longer fight as Cap and handed his shield and codename over to Wilson.
This isn’t the first time two different Captain Americas have had their own solo titles. After the 2016 storyline Avengers: Standoff!, the man who was believed to be Steve Rogers had his powers and youth restored. He would later revealed to be an alternate version of Cap created by the powerful Kobik. This was the infamous Hydra Captain America, who had his own series Captain America: Steve Rogers running concurrently with Captain America: Sam Wilson. By the end of the line-wide event Secret Empire, the real Steve Rogers took back the mantle of Captain America while Sam Wilson set it aside.
Unlike the last time Wilson became Captain America, this time it seems like he’s gotten himself a new shield rather than using Rogers’ trademark tool. The folks at Comic Book note that the trailer shows a different design for Wilson’s shield. The outer layer of Wilson’s shield is blue, while it’s red for Rogers’. Also, Wilson’s star is different — being made up of four different segments.
According to what Onyebuchi told Entertainment Weekly about the new series, the use of the word “truth” in the title is more than just a slogan. “I’m a huge fan of action thrillers that involve foreign locals and all of that stuff, Onyebuchi told EW. “One of the things that Sam has to do is he has to get to the bottom of a conspiracy. He has to figure out what the truth of the matter is, he has to figure out what’s really going on. When so much of American foreign policy historically has been founded on operating in the shadows… what is it going to look like when Sam runs up against the people who would wish to manipulate him for their own ends in terms of furthering ‘America’s interests’ abroad? What does it mean to be the ‘Symbol of Truth’ in that context?”